Confessions Of A Nurse Who Compulsively Eats - page 2

I've previously mentioned that an individual cannot begin to address a problem without first admitting that he or she has one. Well, my name is TheCommuter and I am a long-time compulsive eater.... Read More

  1. Visit  MichelleRN34} profile page
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    Quote from Trekfan
    Wow !! I am glad to see I am not alone .I am at my biggest ever now 340lb and barley tie my shoes and had to go out and get slip ons I also got myself stuck in both the last time I went out with my friends so that has to be a new low,I am looking into bypass surgery at this point I also have a bad Compulsive shopping problem that started after my mom died I do not even remember buying most of the stuff I order and have unopened boxes of stuff all over the place .
    I have had lapband surgery and am now a member of OA .
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  3. Visit  FranEMTnurse} profile page
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    I am a veteran of WW. I lost a lot of weight on that wonderful program, but after I got very ill, I was placed on massive doses of Prednisone, and I was continuously famished. I eventually went up to 305 lbs. but lost some of it naturally. I don't get very hungry most of the time now, but due to my current physical condition, I'm unable to exercise or walk very far at all. So I am limited.

    Surgeons refuse to operate on me. They won't give me any sort of anesthesia due to my condition. Otherwise, I would have gotten the bariatric bypass surgery long ago. I am thankful that I don't gain weight now though.
  4. Visit  beachmom} profile page
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    If you're hungry for more food than your body needs, it's not food that you're hungry for.

    That sentence helps me when I am full but stull want to eat, eat, eat. I try to drink a bunch of water, rest, comfort myself until the craving passes.
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  5. Visit  needshaldol} profile page
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    Congrats to all of you who are talking about this. It seems to be such a personal issue and making it "public" must be a good thing. We are all so different in how we handle our stressors. I for one, could never binge food. When I am depressed I stop eating! I got so thin once that I had to have my gall bladder removed. I heard years later in the ER doc talking to a patient how so many people that have lost weight end up with gallstones something I never heard of.
  6. Visit  MichelleRN34} profile page
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    Quote from needshaldol
    Congrats to all of you who are talking about this. It seems to be such a personal issue and making it "public" must be a good thing. We are all so different in how we handle our stressors. I for one, could never binge food. When I am depressed I stop eating! I got so thin once that I had to have my gall bladder removed. I heard years later in the ER doc talking to a patient how so many people that have lost weight end up with gallstones something I never heard of.
    Under eating is also considered a eating disorder talked about at OA. I lost a buch of weight before pregnancy and ended up with gall stones .. Rapids weightloss from weight loss surgery is also known to lead to gall stones.
  7. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse} profile page
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    Quote from Trekfan
    Wow !! I am glad to see I am not alone .I am at my biggest ever now 340lb and barley tie my shoes and had to go out and get slip ons I also got myself stuck in both the last time I went out with my friends so that has to be a new low,I am looking into bypass surgery at this point I also have a bad Compulsive shopping problem that started after my mom died I do not even remember buying most of the stuff I order and have unopened boxes of stuff all over the place .
    I looked into having lap band surgery and the psychologist actually told me not to get it because people with binge eating disorder tend to gain all the weight and then some. Just be careful.

    Quote from SCSTxRN
    Commuter,

    I too am a compulsive eater - I've found some success in taking up hobbies that occupy my hands (you should see some of the stuff I make), and in giving myself 'permission' to binge on certain foods - while saving others for cravings, and in only treat size amounts.

    I'm still about 130 lbs over weight - but that's 40 less than it used to be, and I still enjoy eating.

    More importantly, perhaps, is that my children are forming a much healthier relationship with food.

    *hugs*
    I'm trying to do this now. Learning to play piano and knit.

    Quote from beachmom
    If you're hungry for more food than your body needs, it's not food that you're hungry for.

    That sentence helps me when I am full but stull want to eat, eat, eat. I try to drink a bunch of water, rest, comfort myself until the craving passes.
    No offense, but this is what someone without BED would say. I literally can't think of anything but food when I'm in a binge mindset. The longer I put it off, the worse it is. The more I eat when I finally do give in. I get shaky, my heart pounds, and my mind races. I get super fidgety. It's awful. Just the thought of eating calms me down. The minute I put food in my mouth I start to relax even more. It's so f'd up. Music and running help, but it is so hard. I'm at least 100 lbs overweight.
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  8. Visit  Trekfan} profile page
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    I looked into having lap band surgery and the psychologist actually told me not to get it because people with binge eating disorder tend to gain all the weight and then some. Just be careful.
    I am not getting the lap band but I came close there is a doctor here that will give you one in a week if you pay cash . a friend of mine got one from him and it was messed up. I wanted one so bad .but when I went to set up the payments he wanted me sign papers that I knew the surgery may kill me because I could not get a clearance i also had bad wezing at this time and told him i could not breath well and he told me "no proplem " they will breath for you ????he then told me to go find a blood test that had a low white count because the one he had was bad and the hospital would not take it . Iwalked out at that point I walked out . I am now going to a good doctor but it will be at least 5 months for I will an ok .
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Nov 15, '12 : Reason: [/QUOTE] tags
  9. Visit  08RNGrad} profile page
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    I have binging tendencies as well. My weight constantly fluctuates by 10-20 pounds. I wake up and go to sleep thinking of food. Constantly eating just because I enjoy it, not because I'm hungry. I am unhappy with my current weight but have no self-control. I haven't determined what triggered this for me..may be worth looking into. Does this ever happen for no clear cause?
  10. Visit  goofeegirl} profile page
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    I have binge eating disorder. It's not uncommon for me to get a half dozen donuts in the morning AFTER eating breakfast and down them on the way to work in secret. I've had eating disorders since I'm 7 and I'm so screwed up from it all that I don't know the first thing about normal eating. I've tried working with dieticians who specialize with eating disorders and do really well for a while and then fall off the wagon after a few weeks. It's so frustrating!
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  11. Visit  TheCommuter} profile page
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    Quote from 08RNGrad
    I haven't determined what triggered this for me..may be worth looking into. Does this ever happen for no clear cause?
    Binge-eating is usually triggered during one's growing-up years when eating patterns are first formed. However, a traumatic experience in early adulthood might have triggered it. Who knows. All I know is that the vast majority of binge eating has some type of emotional component.

    Another theory exists which explains that some people have more addictive personalities than others. I come from a family full of addicts (alcohol, drugs, food) who are using nonconstructive ways to numb their emotional turmoil. After all, if we're eating even when we're not hungry, we're addicted to the food.

    I should also mention that my maternal grandmother weighed more than 400 pounds when she died more than ten years ago. She was a food addict and compulsive eater who feasted on every edible part of the pig.
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  12. Visit  MichelleRN34} profile page
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    Www.oa.org/oa podcasts/

    Here are some OA podcasts you all might find helpful.
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  14. Visit  somenurse} profile page
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    This took courage, both to explore and write, as well as to post. Kudos to you, who knows how many ppl you are helping by posting this?
    I am not entirely certain i am an official binge eater, as it only occurred late in my life, in my 50s, and this thread sort of gives me impression, it's more a lifelong habit.
    But, whether or not i would 'officially' fit under that umbrella, most of the descriptors seem to fit me NOW, and all the effects are now worsened, by my post-menopausal metabolism. (for real, menopause, for me, was like that scene in Avatar movie, where he wakes up in an entirely new and foreign body to live in).


    but, at any rate, i sure do identify with the self-deprecating feelings/overeating cycle that can occur, when extra weight is on board. I put on 30 to 40 lbs after my ovaries died. I have a floppy valves, and that was enough weight to exacerbate my arrhythmias, and i was headed to becoming a cardiac cripple.
    I've studied quite a bit, learned quite a bit about what works, what doesn't. I found the documentary series "Weight of The Nation" to be informative, and lines of that film still come to me often, as i stand in front of the fridge. That film interviewed many experts as well as ppl who have lost 100s of pounds.....
    a fairly unforgettable film for anyone interested in this topic of weight control.


    I've got about half of that 30 or 40 lbs of overweight back off now, already my heart is calming down a bit again,
    and it helped me a lot to join "MyFitnessPal.com"
    which is free website. It took me a few days to get the hang of using that site. (anyone who does join that site, i recommend you stay OUT of "The Forums" as it is mostly inane chatter there,
    BUT, some of the "subgroups" there, if you search for them, like "Heart problem group" or "women over 50", etc etc, some of these 'subgroups' are very helpful)

    One has to log all food into their "food diary" there,
    an activity which might appeal to anyone with any form of OCD. Even logging my food intake, just that, in and of itself,
    was a very vital first step for me to begin to return towards health.

    That website doesn't endorse any particular diet, but instead, focuses on a lifestyle change. ONe remark someone on MyFitnessPal wrote, which stuck with me, is,
    //"I've tried every diet in the book, and most of the time, i did lose weight. But, it always came right back. Always. But here i am learning how to live...how to eat correctly, forever and ever. NOt a "diet", but, instead, a new way to approach food. When we "diet" we learn nothing, and after we've lost the weight, we immediately return to our previous bad habits that got us heavy in the first place. that is why i gain it all back, again, and again.
    But here, i am learning how to eat for the rest of my life."//

    her words
    made sense to me, so i'm trying this now, just slowly RE-learning how to eat appropriately all over again, and trying to develop better eating habits again, and learning how to substitute some of my favorite snacks, and RElearning all over again, how to crave an apple instead of a bag of chips. I am learning things, i can feel myself changing inside about what i eat.
    it IS a process, near as i can tell so far.
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